Causes and Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

When the skin covering our underarm area is few shades darker than our skin tone, that is what we call dark underarms. Yet times, dark underarms can lower the fun and confidence while we are in sleeveless outfits. We tend to hesitate to throw our hands in the air and be free, if we have darker underarms. This post is going to help you with that.

What Causes Dark Underarms:

They say prevention is better than cure. In order to prevent further darkening, let’s see what are the things that are causing dark underarms.

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  • Dead skin:
    Like facial skin, skin covering our body also needs exfoliation. Reason being the accumulation of dark skin cells. As the dead skin accumulate, they make skin look dull and dark.
  • Shaving:
    Shaving cuts the hair, it doesn’t remove the hair from roots. Once we shave, the hair follicles are still there. They make the skin look slightly darker.
  • Deodorant:
    I agree that a deodorant is a must to smell good, but I always prefer and suggest to use perfume over a deodorant. Using perfume over the outfit is much better than using it straight on skin. Chemicals in the deodorants can cause skin darkening, if used for longer period of time.
  • Hyper-pigmentation:
    It is a skin condition where the production of melanin (responsible for skin tone) is slightly higher at certain part as compared to the other parts of the body. In this case the extra amount of melanin produced, makes skin look darker. Which we usually call dark patches.
  • Tight Clothes:
    This might come as a surprise. But skin covering under arm area is slightly thin. The friction caused by the tight clothes can irritate the are underarms and result in discoloration.
  • Bacterial Infection:
    Due to lack of hygiene, there might be infection caused by bacteria.
  • Smoker’s Melanosis:
    Smoking kills. It also ruins the skin condition. Smoker’s Melanosis is a condition caused by tobacco where the underarms gets darker.
  • Sun exposure:
    Not only the underarms, if we get exposed to direct sunlight for longer period, we might end up with sun burns or tanning on the exposed area.
  • Hormonal Issues:
    If you are under any medications or there is fluctuation in hormones, there is a chance that the skin gets these dark patches.
  • Skin Disorders:
    There are certain skin disorders which result in dark patches.

How to Cure Dark Underarms:

Now that you know most of the causes for nasty patches, you are half way there. You now know what not to do and what to do to get brighter, healthy underarm skin.!

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  • Waxing Over Shaving. When we wax, the hair strands are removed from their roots. So the skin won’t look dark.
  • As mentioned above, use perfumes on your outfits rather than using it on your skin. But please make sure the perfume won’t leave any stains on your outfit. You need to consider this point especially when it is oil based one.
  • Try to avoid wearing tight clothes. Not just because of the dark patches, but also sometimes it causes irritation to small blood veins. Which might also end up causing further more skin issues. Choose free, loose clothes. Let your skin breath.
  • Maintaining a good hygiene is the key. Shave the hair on the underarm area frequently. Use talcum powder to keep the area dry and free from bacteria.
  • Apply sunscreen on to your underarms if you are going out in sun wearing sleeveless outfits, where the area is going to be exposed directly to sun.
  • Scrubbing away the dead cells can make the skin look fresh and bright, it includes the skin covering underarms too. Regular scrubbing the underarm area can give you good results.
  • Try some homemade masks using brightening agents like curd or lemon. Apply curd on to the area in need and wash with water after 10 minutes. Lemon juice is slightly acidic and if you have dry or any wounds on the area, lemon juice might cause slight burning sensation. But with regular use, you can get rid of dark patches.
  • If the condition didn’t improve despite of following these remedies, please see a good dermatologist. Because if the issue is inside the body (like hormones or skin disorder), a good doctor’s help would surely help.

Hope you find this post useful.

Beauty Benefits of Mango

Summer has a special place in my heart. I’m sure it does in most of your hearts too. Even though the heat might make us go crazy sometimes, it brings so much joy of its own. One major thing I remember is, the summer holidays. I as a kid used to look forward to enjoy summer breaks. Where my mom used to get us ice creams, Rasna (a famous drinks among kids those days) on her own. We didn’t even had to beg much. haha. Also, talking about summer, how can we forget that it’s the season of yummy mangoes.

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Who doesn’t like mangoes??? We all do..!!! So many dishes we can prepare, be it sweets, spicy pickle what not…!!! Every dish made out of mangoes will win our hearts.

We all have heard that eating more mangoes is not good. It will increase body weight and body heat. But let me tell you, too much of anything is bad. Isn’t it? In fact, nutritionist recommend seasonal fruits. With weather, our body changes internally. Eating seasonal fruits would help our body for sure.

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Apart from helping our body, mangoes also help us in improving our skin and hair. How? Let’s see the list of benefits we can get from mangoes to get beautiful skin.

  • Vitamin A and C are more important when it comes to maintain good skin and hair. Mangoes have both these vitamins in them. Applying mango pulp to hair adds moisture and shine.

How to prepare mango hair mask:

All you need to do is take the pulp and squeeze. Apply the juice and pulp to your hair. Keep it for 15-20 minutes before washing it.

  • Similarly, if you are worried about dry skin, apply mashed mango pulp to your face to add moisture.
  • Vitamin C is required to maintain collagen level. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity and avoiding wrinkles. By consuming a cup of mango everyday helps in improving skin’s texture.
  • Maintain health of facial pores is what is important to maintain good facial skin. Clogged pores are the biggest culprit to cause breakouts. Applying mango pulp to face helps in unclogging pores and thus keeping pimples at bay.
  • Not just the pulp, even the seed can be helpful in order to improve the health of our hair. Mango seed oil can help with reducing hair fall and greying of hair.

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How to prepare mango seed oil at home:

Remove the pulp and dip the mango seed in any oil of your choice, like for example coconut/ sesame oil. Place this container under sunlight for some days. Using this concoction regularly, can help you get healthy hair.

  • Vitamin A in the mango helps in adding shine to hair, plus it helps in reducing dandruff when applied.
  • Mango also has vitamin E in it. When we apply mango pulp on to our scalp, this vitamin helps in the scalp circulation thus boosting hair growth.
  • If you have blemishes or dark spots on your face, all you need to do is to apply mango pulp on the effected area. With regular use, it is proved that mango can reduce the appearance of dark spots or blemishes.

These are some of the quick tips to make the most of this season’s fruit – Mango. 😉 So the next time while you enjoy eating one, don’t forget to apply on your skin and hair to get glowing skin and hair.  (In short, be like Katrina Kaif in ads of a soft drinks you see in the television. haha. You know what I mean, If not, check the glimpse below..!!! )

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All You Need to Know About Orange Oil

I have been hearing a lot about vitamin C and essentials oils etc. Which help in taking care of skin not only by improving it’s texture but also aid the anti-aging process. So, just thought of gathering more information about them, so that I can include in my daily skin care regime and of course to share with you beautiful people.

For today, I am starting with one of the essential oils – Orange oil.

Let’s see how it’s going to help our skin and hair. Ready??? Hop in…!

How to Prepare Orange Oil at Home???

First thing first. How to prepare orange oil.

  • Peel off the orange peel and remove the white part by scratching. This will make sure the oil is more concentrated.
  • Place these peels in a glass jar.
  • Add vodka to the jar and shake well. Vodka helps to marinate.
  • Keep the jar in cold and dark place for a week.
  • After a week, filter out the liquid from the jar.
  • Place this liquid in ventilated space so that the alcohol in the liquid gets evaporated.
  • Post 2 to 3 days, the liquid free of alcohol smell is what we need – orange oil.

I know it takes a lot of time and patience to prepare one at home. But it is purest one you can get. No matter how good it can be, some are too lazy to wait for long. So, people like me, just go and buy one from online. hehe

How does it smell???

It smells like orange (obviously) but a very strong one.

Why You Should Use Orange Oil???

Mental health:

You must be thinking I started with the beauty benefits and first point says mental health. Well, well, if you are happy inside, your skin looks happy outside. Orange oil has this amazing fragrance which has proven to reduce depression or anxiety. It calms down the pulses and helps you relax. Now when you are calm and content from within, it definitely shows on your skin as well.

Treating Acne and Skin Infection:

Orange oil has anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties. Using diluted orange oil on acne, swelling or redness helps in soothing it.

Moisturizing:

Orange oil has been proved to add needed moisture to your skin when applied. Dry skin beauties, I hope you are listening.

Deep Cleanser:

Orange oil helps in cleaning the facial pores and thus avoids clogging.

Improves Blood Flow:

If you apply orange oil it gives slight tingling effect. Orange oil helps in improving blood flow thus helps you get glowing skin.

Anti-Aging:

You already know that the oil has anti-bacterial property. What you might not know is that orange oil also has antioxidants in it. Which are important to slow down the process of aging. This oil helps in stopping the appearance of lines and wrinkles on skin.

Reducing Dark Spots:

Orange oil has bleaching property. Which helps in lightening the skin tone. Regular usage of diluted orange oil on dark spots should fade them away.

Reducing Large Pores:

While keeping the pores super clean, it also helps in shrinking them. How??? Orange oil has tightening property, which helps in shrinking the facial pores.

Reduces Cellulite:

Many of us suffer from appearance of cellulite. Orange oil can be a handy if you also suffer from the same. Massaging the affected area with diluted orange oil helps in blood flow, softens the epidermis and thus helping in reducing the cellulite.

Reduces extra oil secretion:

I hope this point will bring a smile on oily skinned beauties. Using diluted orange oil on skin that secrets more oil helps in reducing that extra oil secretion. Orange oil has this charm to control the oil secretion. So bye bye shiny face.

Special Note:

  • Always remember that the essential oils should not be used directly on skin. You need to dilute the oil by mixing with some carrier oil like coconut oil/ almond oil and then use it on skin.
  • It is not recommended to use orange oil while you are out in sun. Orange oil when comes in contact with direct sun, reacts and it might harm your skin.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Sea Water

Are you a mountain person or a beach one??? I love both. I discover my inner self between mountains and I find enormous happiness when I play with the waves. Looking at the huge sea/ ocean/ mountain makes me realise how tiny I am in this huge world…!!!

Apart from making us happy and taking care of our mental health, the sea makes our skin more healthy. Did you know that??? Yes, it does. How??? Let me tell you.

Sea water has lots of minerals in it. Which has been proved that it cures many skin issues. I have even heard my granny saying that, wearing accessories made of sea shells can also help to cure skin disorders. Isn’t it amazing??? Making skin healthier with some natural remedies, ahhh sounds perfect to me.

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Let me list down some more advantages of sea water to our skin and hair.

  • Cures various skin disorders:
    As I said earlier, it does cure the skin diseases but how??? Well, sea water contains magnesium, calcium, and potassium in it. Which are the reasons for this magical property of salt water. Sea water absorbs toxins from the skin and bacteria which causes acne thus making skin clear in the long run. It is also proved to cure infection and encouraging healing process.

 

  • Boosts Immune System:
    Salt water increases oxygen level in the blood thus strengthening the immune system of the body.

 

  • Thyroid:
    Iodine content of sea water helps in boosting thyroid activity.

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  • Bye bye Cold and Flu:
    It also relieve cold and flu symptoms, as well as to cure bronchitis and sinusitis.

 

  • Treats oily skin:
    Sea water absorbs extra oil from the skin. Thus preventing overproduction of natural oil which if not treated might clog the pores resulting in breakouts.
    If you are a dry skinned beauty, you really need to apply a good moisturizer post your visit to sea water. Because you don’t want to end up with itchy skin due to lack of moisture.

 

  • Used for good oral health:
    Most of you must be familiar with this remedy. Whenever you are suffering from tooth ache, someone must have advised you to gargle mouth with salt water. The reason being, the salt water has anti bacterial property which kills the bacteria which is troubling you.
    Even when you are not in any teeth trouble, you can use the salt water as a mouth wash in order to maintain good oral health.
    Plus, certain studies say that it cures oral conditions like gingivitis and halitosis also.

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  • To exfoliate dry skin:
    Minerals in the sea water helps in scrubbing the skin cells gently thus unclogging pores and increasing the blood circulation. These open pores are further cleansed by the minerals which in turn helps in better absorption of the product applied on skin later that.

 

  • Relieves muscle pain:
    You might have seen people dipping their feet in the tub full of warm salt water to get rid of the pain. The magnesium present in the salt water helps in relieving the muscle pain.

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  • Beach waves:
    We try so many methods, with and without heat to get those dreamy wavy hair. Do you know which is the easiest way to achieve that? One dip in the sea can make you achieve those beach waves. I know not everyone can afford to visit beach everyday. A quick replacement is a spray bottle and salted water. Spraying salt water to hair should also serve the purpose.

 
So, these were some of the prominent benefits of sea water.

Like I said, not everyone live by the seashore. Visiting one might not be a daily business. So you can try mixing table salt with water to get some benefits. But I must say, sea water is more effective than any other ones.

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If you have any skin issues and want to try out salt water bath, you can try some amazing salts with healing properties. Which we call it as Bath salts. You can read this post where I have mentioned what and how does bath salts work.

There are multiple brands which have introduced different flavored bath salts to the market. In case you want to try out pure bath salts, you can prepare one at home. Here is the post where you get step by step details to prepare your own customised bath salts.

The next time you get drenched in sea water, instead of worrying about the stickiness, just feel good about great things it is doing to your skin and body. 😉

Home Remedies to Treat Dark Underarms

Even though the summer is over, we still love wearing those cold/off shoulders or sleeveless tops or dresses this season. Bright colored outfit is going to brighten a gloomy day anyways….!!!

One thing to take care of, while wearing outfits that’s gonna expose your underarms area is the dark patches on the area. You might have also noticed ladies who have darker armpits as compared to their overall skin tone. That looks bad. Isn’t it???

Reason might be due to excess use of hair removal creams, deodorants(you should not use perfumes or deodorants directly on your skin. Check this post about perfumes to know more about it. ) or may be due to excess sun exposure. Reasons may vary but I have a list of home remedies which you can try out to get the one solution.

Ready to know the recipes?? Hope on…

Lemon:

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When I hear the word skin whitening, one home remedy that comes to mind is ‘lemon juice’. (More about beauty benefits of lemon juice, here.)
All you need to do is apply a layer of freshly squeezed out lemon juice on your armpits. Let it dry and them wash it with warm water.
With regular use, it’s proven to lighten the armpits.

 

Potato:

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Lemon and potato are like the president and vice presidents of the kitchen’s department of ‘skin whitening’. Just like the lemon, potato juice helps in brightening skin.
I know squeezing out lemon juice is way more easier than that of potato. You need a little more effort of grating potato to get the juice out of it. Apply this fresh juice on the effected area and leave it for sometime. Wash with warm water. It may or may not show the results within one use. But, with regular use, it will.

 

Multani Mitti:

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One more ingredient for skin brightening is fuller earth, which is popularly known as multani mitti. In order to apply you need to make a paste out of this dry powder. For which, you can mix fuller earth powder with rose water or even with regular water.
Apply a thin layer on underarm area. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and rinse with water.
Please note, you don’t have to leave it till it dries of completely. Because it might just make the area dry by absorbing all the moisture of the skin, on which it’s applied.

 

Cucumber:

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As cool as this vegetable is for summers when consumed, it is cooler for eyes and to skin when applied. Rub freshly cut cucumber pieces on the effected area. Along with soothing, it will brighten up the underarms.

 

Exfoliation:

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You can either use dry brushing technique or try some home made scrubs to scrub away those dark and dead skin cells. Along with brushing away the layer of skin, it also unclogs the pores. You guys know clogging the sweat glands causes skin infection, which I have explained in this post.

 

Baking Soda:

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Just like you use this one good ingredient for brightening your teeth, you can apply mixture of baking soda and water paste on dark patches to lighten the skin.

 

Orange peels:

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Ok, for this you really need time and patience. If you have them, go ahead. One thing to mention, the results are totally worth the efforts.
In order to use orange peel, you got to dry them under the shade. Once they are dried, grind them to make powder out of it. As you guys know we can’t apply dry powder as a pack. All we need is a paste like consistency. To make a paste, mix the powder with rose water or regular water. Apply this paste on under arms and let it dry for 10 minutes, before washing using warm water.
With regular use, it not just going to brighten the underarm area, it also makes it smell good with fruity fragrance. So, bye bye bad odour.

 

Milk:

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For a milky white underarm area, apply a layer of raw milk on it. Leave it for a while and then clean with water.

 

Coconut oil:

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This is one magical oil that almost every south Indian swear by. This oil can heal anything. Like literally. haha. Applying coconut oil on armpits is going to add moisture and lighten the skin in and around it.

More beauty benefits of coconut oil here.

 

Saffron:

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Saffron is one more Ayurveda ingredients used since ages for skin treatments. Dip few strands of saffron in milk. Apply this mixture on darkened area. Results are effective.

 

Things you need to avoid in order to avoid dark underarms:

After all, prevention is always better than cure. Isn’t it???
1. Do not use hair removal cream frequently. Once in a while, is fine. But always??? Na. If you use razor, you guys know it just cuts the hair strands. Doesn’t remove them from roots. Thus giving an illusion of dark underarms. Best solution??? Out of different hair removal techniques, go for waxing. It not only removes hair from roots, giving you a clean look, but also it removes the dead skin layer. Thinking about the pain??? Na… you will get used to it. hehe.

  1. Do not use perfumes directly on skin. Perfumes contain more alcohol that causes skin darkening. (Here is how you can use perfume without harming your skin and clothes).

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  1. Do not over expose your skin to hot sun. More exposure, more skin damage.

  2. Weight loss.!!! When we exceed the idol weight, fat of our body that gets aggregated under the arms rub against the garments and can lead to dark underarms.

  3. Regular hygiene is important, to avoid dark underarms. Do not skip shower and also regular exfoliation helps you keep skin healthy.

I hope these help you if you have dark underarms. The next time you wear sleeveless dresses, you don’t have to be conscious about dark patches. Flaunt those white underarms with grace.

Home Remedies to Say Good Bye to Blackheads

Last week, Mygirlypedia had asked this one single question on all it’s Social Media channels -What is that one beauty problem which you are facing and which you would like to get home remedies for?

Deal was – you ask and we answer. 🙂

Thank you for responding to it with bunch of beauty issues of yours. Mygirlypedia would love to answer you all, one by one. So, today let me just start with a beauty query which was common among most of you – Blackheads.

In this post, I am gonna tell you what and how these blackheads are caused. What can be done at home to get rid of them. Ready??? Read on then…!!! 🙂

What is a blackhead???

Technically, blackheads are type of acne. As the name suggests these are tiny black bumps on skin. Caused due to clogged hair follicles.

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How are blackheads formed???

Ok, so, our each and every skin cell has these two glands – One for hair and one for oil secretion. As you guys know the oil secretion is necessary to keep the skin hydrated. You guys also know the skin type, where this oil secretion is excess. Do you???  – Check Your Answer is here. 😉

So when dry skin cells and oil secreted, get trapped inside the skin cells, it forms the bump. When this bump is closed, it is called whitehead. But when it opens, it looks black thus called blackhead.  Simple…!!!!

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What causes these blackheads???

Below are some of the major reasons for blackheads –

  • Medication
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excess oil secretion
  • Dry skin
  • Bacterial infection
  • Excess dairy products consumption

Blackheads are formed on these body parts –

  • Face (Especially on nose)
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Shoulders
  • Chest
  • Back

How do they look like???

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Did you just say ewww???? Well, not your fault. They do look like that. As I said before blackheads are form of pimple. Unlike pimple, these are painless. Due to their dark pigmentation, they can be easily noticed.

Home remedies for blackheads –

Even though there are methods where post giving nice steam to face, with blackhead remover, people just squeeze out the blackheads. But honestly, it takes time and it is painful. Hence listing some of the easy breezy techniques here.

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Exfoliate

Scrubbing away those dead cells can give your skin cells a chance to breath. Thus saying bye bye to blackheads.

Here are some home made scrubs you can try out.

Baking soda paste – 

Baking soda has the property to balance pH level of skin. Mix a table spoon of baking soda with water. Apply this on effected area. Massage gently. While giving mild scrubbing effect, it removes dead skin cells, unclogs pores and clean the skin cells.

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Turmeric paste – 

We all know how this magical ingredient from our kitchen shelf has helped us with our beauty issues. Turmeric paste applied and massaged on effected area, effectively kills bacteria and cures skin.

Green tea leaves – 

Take out that green tea powder from a tea bag and apply it as mask. Gently rub it while washing it off. While purifying the skin cells, it also wash away dead cells.

Peel off masks – 

There are multiple peel off masks you must have heard of or tried of. You just need to apply a layer of a mask. Let it dry. Once it is dried, peel it off. It might be painful but it does removes blackhead effectively.

Since we are discussing home remedies, the best peel off mask you can prepare at home is using egg white. Apply a layer of egg white on effected area. Let it dry. Peel it off. You can visibly see the  blackhead on the peeled mask. Eww. But your skin looks wow…!!!

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Plus, egg white is used for anti aging also. Bye bye blackhead and of course bye bye fine lines.

How to prevent blackheads –

As they say, prevention is better than cure. To avoid this nasty skin issue, follow these simple steps.

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  1. Wash your face regularly. This keeps skin pores clean.
  2. Scrub away dry skin cells at least two times a week.
  3. If you have dry skin – here are the skin care rules to keep it health.
  4. If your skin secrets oil more already, here is the guide to take care of your skin.
  5. Normal or combination skinned beauties, try to use oil free products to avoid blackheads.

I hope this post helps you totally to get rid of blackheads. anddd hello beautiful skin…!!!! :*

 

Skin Care Tips for Oily Skin

Ahh skin care… I know it’s tiresome yet times, but worth the efforts. Because no makeup can get you those compliments, which your natural skin gets you.

You must have read the basic mantra for a great skin – CTM. Now the tricky part is not everyone has same skin type. I am not talking about skin texture or definitely not about shade/tone. I am taking about different types of skin i.e. normal, dry and oily.

Some of you have been asking me to write a post on one of the most sensitive skin type – oily skin. So, in this post I am gonna tell you how to take care of it, what are the daily routine you can follow to keep the skin in a great condition.

I mentioned oily skin as most sensitive one. Because, oily skin is called so because of the excess oil production by the skin cells. This excess natural oil not only makes face look too much shiny, but also it clogs pores, attracts dirt. Thus causing breakouts. Hence oily skin needs more care than the other two types of skin.

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Oily skin can be caused due to genetics, diet, too much stress or hormone changes in the body.

Let’s see what is the basic Skin care routine to be followed for oily skin:

Cleansing –

Use a non oily cleanser to clean the skin. Because unclogging pores and removing impurities from skin should be the first step which need to be done.

Toning –

As you know, toner is for ultra purification of cells. If there are any left out impurities, toner will make sure to remove them. Hence cleansing and toning is a must for oily skin.

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Moisturising –

I have often got queries that, do the oily skinned beauties really need a moisturiser??? Yes. They definitely need one. Since skin is already producing excess oil, opting for a oil based moisturiser is not a good idea. Hence a water based or light moisturiser should do its tricks of adding that hydration your skin needs.

How to manage oily skin???

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Couple of quick tricks to reduce skin looking shiny,
1. Always keep facial tissue papers handy. Well, I am not saying facial wipes here because, we want to absorb that excess oil. So dry, yet soft facial tissue should do the job.
2. Go for matte finishing makeup products. This kind of finish is meant for oily skinned girls.

Face Packs:

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There are some of the home made face packs, which are proven to reduce the oiliness.

Lemon Juice:

Secret here is, ingredients which are a big no no for dry skin, works best on oily skin. Lemon juice, as you guys know is a natural bleaching agent. Also, it dries out the skin. Key to reduce oiliness is to reduce the excess oil. Apply a layer of lemon juice on face. Keep it for 10 minutes and wash with warm water. This absorbs the oil and makes skin look fresh and healthy.

Egg white:

This is been used for anti aging and skin tightening purposes. Also, applying egg white on skin for 10 minutes or so has proven to absorb excess oil from skin. Thus bye bye oiliness.

Tomatoes:

Just like lemon, it is also a bleaching, cooling, clarifying and oil absorbing ingredient. Applying a layer of tomato juice is been proven to leave the skin with matte finished look.

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Cucumber:

Cucumber works just like lemon and tomato. Plus the cooling effect…!!!

Apple cider vinegar:

More about this magical ingredient here.

Aloe Vera:

You have already know the benefits of this amazing plant in this post.

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Fuller earth:

This is my favorite. Fuller earth or multani mitti has the best oil absorbing properties. Using the mask twice or thrice a week should help you in getting rid of oily skin eventually.

So these are the basic skin care routine you can adopt to reduce the excess oil from the face. Also, don’t forget to reduce the stress level. Because all bad things starts happening to your body due to the negative thoughts in your brain. 😊 Inhale positivity… Exhale negativity. Stay happy, stay gorgeous.

Dozen Reasons to Include Garlic In Your Daily Regimen

Garlic – is such an ingredient which has both haters and lovers. Some just love it, like I do… Some, run away because of it’s smell. I personally love the taste it adds to a dish. At my home, only my mom and I love garlic so my dad and sister give us the garlics to us if they find it in their plates. Not because sharing is caring, because garlic is precious. At least to my mom and me. hehe.

So, you know this little ingredient can work wonder on your skin and hair??? Yes. You can replace some of your beauty items with this. Skin, hair friendly and most importantly budget friendly.

Let’s see how this kitchen ingredient does wonders to your skin and hair..!!!

Hair:

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Hair Loss and Hair Growth:

Allicin, a sulphur compound which is used to treat hair fall or hair loss. This is also found in one more kitchen item – onion.
All you need to do is, slice the garlics. Squeeze the juice out of it and rub it on the scalp. Massage the scalp and leave it for a while. You can wash your hair post half an hour or so. This helps in preventing hair loss as well as promoting new hair growth.

Improves Blood Circulation in Scalp:

Garlic has Vitamins C, B2 and B1. They boost the blood circulation. Which in turn helps in boosting hair growth and improves health of hair.

Skin:

Acne Treatment:

Garlic has great antioxidants. Which helps in killing the bacteria. You know the acne or pimples are the skin’s way of fighting against bacteria. To help your skin to win this battle, all you need is garlic in your team. Rub garlic juice on pimples which will kill it’s enemy – bacteria.

Smooth and Rash Free Skin:

Garlic has great anti-inflammatory properties. Thus as you might have heard garlic oil is been a part of skin treatments. It helps in healing skin and result in rash free and smooth nourished skin.

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Perfect Pedicure Ingredient:

We need to wash skin between the feet fingers especially during monsoon for the obvious reasons. If you are looking for anti fungal liquid or something, don’t waste your money on them. Instead, slice garlics and dip them in the bucket of warm water and dip your feet. Garlic will do its magic.

Anti Aging:

Garlic is a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients etc. They are the key ingredients which help in protecting it against aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots etc. So next time when you find garlic in your plate, don’t waste it. Eat it for the sake of that glowing skin.

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Minimizes Large Pores:

If your facial pores are visibly large, you are at a risk of more skin damage. How??? The open pores invites more dirt accumulation. Thus resulting in clogging them and causing acne. But worry not, mix garlic juice with any of other favorite kitchen ingredient of yours to make a paste. Apply it on face. Let it dry before washing it warm water. With regular use, this has been proved to minimise the large pores.

For Your Nails:

No matter how much you take care of nail’s hygiene, there is always a scope for improvement. There is always this tiny dirt stuck in the edge which will cause infection thus effecting nail’s health. So rubbing slice of garlic on your nails acts as anti bacterial lotion. Thus killing bacteria and helping the growth of nails.

Health:

Cold:

Garlic has been said to improve the immune system. When you are effected by common cold, drop few garlic in a pot of water and boil it. Strain and drink the water. This will help in curing the common cold. If you do not like the taste of it, you can add honey to it.

One more Ayurveda remedy which I have heard is, put a tiny piece of garlic inside a small cotton ball. Put this cotton ball inside your ears. It’s said that it will cure the cold as well as ear pain.

Weight Loss:

A study was conducted to prove that garlic in diet can help in reducing the weight. Thus if you are on the way to weight loss, do include garlic in your diet. What’s more happier than reducing weight by eating. Isn’t it???

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Mosquitoes Hate Garlic:

Yes even though there are no exact reason for this, but they hate garlic. And we hate mosquitoes for their annoying noise and their bad habit of spreading diseases while sucking our blood out. Bad mosquitoes.
The good news is, you don’t have to spend money on mosquito repellent any more. Make one at home with less cost. Ingredients required are – garlic(obviously), Petroleum jelly and beeswax. Mix them well to form the lotion. In case you do not like the smell of it, add any essential oil of your choice. and tada you have your customised mosquito repellent.

Pests too Hate Garlic:

If you love gardening and thinking of which pesticides to buy next, try this out. With garlic oil, mineral oil, water and liquid soap – make one and spray it on plants. Pests hate garlic so they don’t dare to harm your little green friends.

Did you know these benefits??? I hope you found this post useful.

If you know any other benefits do let us know. Happy to share your remedies on Mygirlypedia so that it can help more people.

Do You Have Aloe Vera Plant At home??? Read This to Get Most Out of It. If Not, I am Sure You Will Get One Post Reading.

Hey,

Who doesn’t like to look beautiful… that too without burning the pockets??? Huun???

Today’s magical beauty product doesn’t cost you much. All you need is to give the product a space to live and pour a mug of water to it everyday. Haha… Yes, the product I am talking about is natural and green. It’s the multi purpose plant – Aloe vera…!!!

Even though there are multiple brands out there, who have made packed aloe vera gel for us. But, I am sure they do have some kind of preservatives to preserve them from getting spoiled. Hence, planting a Aloe vera plant at your balcony is a great idea to get more benefits with no side effects.

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It might not add that ‘beauty’ quotient to your balcony though. As leaves are prickly and bitter. I am sure you must have heard, bitterness is good for health. Umm I am talking about taste here…!!!

Without wasting much time lets jump into the list of benefits of this plant…

Wait a sec, you know how to use it right??? Just have to pluck a leaf, and slice it. The gel which you get is the magical product which we need to heal our beauty problems. The gel is made up of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds. It also contains a type of protein with 18 types of amino acids, Vitamin A, B, C and E. Pheww… So much this little plant carries huun, I must say…!!!

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Ok, now lets jump to the list…!!!! #wink

Beautiful Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel:

Eyes:

  • Puffy eyes??? Aloe vera for the rescue. Apply a thin layer of freshly cut aloe vera gel  under eyes and leave for sometime. Bye bye puffy eyes…!!!
  • Most of us get cuts and red patches post getting our eyebrows threaded. Applying aloe vera gel on it will give you cooling and soothing effect.

Lips:

  • There are so many lip products in the market which has vitamin E as their main ingredient. Do you know this little plant is loaded with vitamin E??? Thus applying aloe vera gel on lips has proven to heal chapped lips, making it soft and pink.

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Nails:

  • Brittle nails??? Have a habit of applying aloe vera gel on nails and massaging them gently. This will add moisture and boost the growth of stronger nails.

Skin:

  • As I said above, vitamin E is moisturizing content. Thus aloe vera is one of the best natural moisturisers you can find at your home.
  • Aloe vera gel is proven to provide cooling effect to skin. Applying it on burns should be helpful.
  • Oily skinned beauties – fed up with access oil production by your skin cells???? applying aloe vera gel on face has proven to reduce the oil production. Thus giving you a matte finished skin.
  • Acts a great moisturizing makeup remover.
  • Good to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • It is also used to heal sun burns too.
  • Insect bites??? All you need to run to balcony, pluck aloe vera leaf and apply the gel.
  • Aloe vera gel has been said to cure various skin problems like pimples and scars.

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Body:

  • Dry skinned beauties this one is for you. Mix aloe vera gel and sugar. Use it as scrub. Sugar granules will scrub off dry skin and aloe vera gel will add moisture to skin.
  • For pains and strains of joints, apply cold aloe vera gel. It gets absorbed into the skin and thus helps in soothing pain and strain.

Health:

  • This is also used in many ayurvedic recipes. Aloe vera juice when consumed, heals stomach disorders and allergies.
  • It also helps in curing diseases like piles, ulcers and jaundice, when consumed.
  • Plus, aloe vera juice consumption aids weight loss…!!!!
  • Also helps in improving digestion, regulates blood pressure, manages diabetes and  prevents heart attacks.

Aloe-Vera-Uses

Hair:

  • Applying aloe vera gel on to scalp for couple of hours before washing hair has proven to reduce hair fall and boost hair growth.

Oral Care:

  • Teeth and gum problems like – bleeding teeth or gums, inflammation, tooth ache and decay can be cured with aloe vera.

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One important thing to take care:

Dear reader, even though aloe vera is a great herb, it might or might not work for you. If you apply the gel directly to your skin you might get itching or allergies. Because some people are allergic to this gel.

So, I would suggest to try a patch test before applying it to whole face directly. You can also dilute the gal by adding some quantity of water and then use it on skin.

Try out this home remedy to get most of the benefits with less or no cost.

 

How to Fix Broken Cosmetics

Hello,

The other day I bought a sparkling black kajal pencil from the brand Rimmel London online, from Nykaa… The cap of the kajal was so tight that I had to put all my energy to open it. What happened next broke my heart. I ended up breaking the tip of the kajal. #sad

You can feel that pain right??? Breaking your brand new cosmetic. Heart breaking moment gal…!!!

If you are a makeup enthusiast and love cosmetics, I am sure you have gone through this kind of heart breaks at least once. No??? Oh come on, you should have at least one dried nail paint or an eyeliner you have never used since long time. Yes even they come under ‘broken cosmetics’. haha. But the good news is there are ways to fix our broken yet precious cosmetics.

Yes. You don’t have to throw away only because it broke accidently, instead of wasting the money you have spent, try out these steps to fix them.

Excited to know how???

Read on..

Broken Kajal:

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Let me start with the recent one I have tried and tested. If you open kajal like hulk(putting all your energy) and end up breaking it, try this.

Put the tip back and blend it which is a temporary fix. Just to make sure the kajal is back in place. Now put the kajal pencil inside freezer for couple of hours.
It did work. Kajal had hardened and it was usable again…!!!

Dried Kajal Pencils:

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Yes this too happens. If you keep eye pencils unused for long, they do get dried out. Which makes their application uneasy.
So to soften the dried kajal, just heat the tip of it slightly. This melted kajal is easier to apply.

Dried Gel or Liquid Eyeliner:

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This happens with all those gals like me, who buy all the types of kajals and eyeliners in the market and use only few of them. In order to take care of rest of the dried eye makeup product, all you need is any essential oil. I use coconut oil.

Put few drops of coconut oil in the gel or liquid liner container. Leave it for a while. The product and oil gets mixed up and it softens the product.
Now you can use your moisturising eyeliner…!!!!
But, make sure use add only few drops of oil. Because you don’t want to end up making it very thin in consistency. Which makes your liner runny.

Dried Mascara:

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Using dried mascaras can make your eyelashes look like the branches of trees covered by snow flakes. But here the snow flakes are black in colour. Ewww…
To fix the dried mascara, put the mascara tube in warm water for a while. Then add few drops of coconut oil and shake the mascara tube vigorously. This should fix the problem.

Broken Lipstick:

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Sometimes we end up breaking lipstick. What you need to do other than crying??? Umm… Take a lighter or lit a candle. Melt the liquid at the end where it has broken. Put the melted and softened lipstick back in the bullet. Keep the lipstick in freezer. After couple of hours – Tada…!!!! Lipstick is fit and fine… #wink

Dried or Broken Powder Compact and Blush:

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All you need is a bit of alcohol to fix this heart break.

  • Take the injured compact powder or blush. Crush it into fine pieces. Ouch…!!!
  • Mix a bit of alcohol.
  • Blend it well to get a paste like consistency.
  • Now put this paste into the compact case.
  • Keep the case for drying.
  • Once it is completely dried, your compact looks like it never broke.

Dried Nail Paint:

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This, we all know. Add nail paint remover to nail paint. This will soften the dried nail paint. After a while, you can use the nail paint to paint your nails beautifully.
If you do not have nail paint remover, try adding alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. They work similar to that of a remover.

Broken Eyeshadow:

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Since eyeshadows are soft in consistency, this require a easy step.

  • Take tissue paper.
  • Put on the broken eyeshadow.
  • Press the eyeshadow with the help of finger.
  • This will put the eyeshadow back to it was before.

Unreachable Product:

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In case you have spent a lot of money on some product and you want to use every bit of it. But some times it happens that, you can see the product at the bottom of the bottle/case but you cant take it out using your finger or by patting the bottle.
In this case, all you need is an earbud. Using a clean ear bud you can take out the product and use it.
I do this for my ‘almost over’ foundations.

So, now you know the magic to fix the broken cosmetics.

If you have kept those broken cosmetics just because you don’t want to throw it away, fix them and use them.

The next time when you break them accidently, do not cry. Take up the products you need to fix and give them another life.

 

DIY Serum For Thick Eyebrows and Eyelashes

Hey,

Eyebrows can make or break your look. You won’t get to know the importance of shape of your eyebrows till the time your beautician ruins it. Haaa it’s nothing less than a nightmare…!!! Phewww… 😱

I know majority of ladies like those thin and arched eyebrows. But I fall in the other category. If you love thick eyebrows, I’m in your team…!!!

Thick Eyebrows are a sign of youth. Thin eyebrows usually make you look old. Thus in order to look younger, maintaining a good thick eyebrows is a good idea.

The problem with most of us is, after threading the eyebrows, they take really long time to grow back. Getting thick eyebrows is not at all an easy task. I’m sure most of you agree with me.

Now about eyelashes. Those thick lashes look so gorgeous. Isn’t it?? No wonder, many companies out their have come up with fake eyelashes. But maintaining and using fake eyelashes are painful. You can check out my post about fake eyelashes here.

Now I’m sure you know all the drawbacks and precautions for unreal lashes. How to skip this??? Ummm growing natural eye lashes…!!! Sounds easy??? But it’s not an easy task too…!!!

The good news is I have tried and tested this easy serum which you can prepare at home. All you need is these ingredients and a container. Preferably an empty mascara container which will ease the application.

What are the ingredients we need???

  • Castor oil
  • Vitamin E tablets
  • Aloe Vera gel

Why these Ingredients???

Needless to say the benefits of these ingredients on hair growth. They are well known for boosting hair growth and improving health of hair.

How to prepare???

Take a spoon of castor oil.

Puncture couple of vitamin E capsules.

Mix half spoon of aloe Vera.

Transfer the serum to container.

So now you have this magical serum, you can now apply them on your eyelashes and eyebrows prior to hitting the bed.

I have tested this serum on myself. I have good results. I hope the serum spells its magic on you guys as well…!!!

Do write to me about your experience and about queries if any…!!!

Happy to help… Always… 😘

This is What Happens When You Have These Food On Empty Stomach

Hello,

We know about some super foods which are helpful for weight loss, some are useful for health of skin and body. You know there is a way to consume certain food in order to get most of thebenefits??? Also, there are certain healthy food which we need to consume with certain conditions.. Else they might be harmful to you.

We have read and heard a lot about lemon water consumption at the start of the day. It is ideal to consume the lemon, honey water on empty stomach. Thus it helps in flushing out toxins from our body. Right??? Have you ever thought whether it is applicable to other food as well or it is good to consume healthy food on empty stomach to get the best out of it??? Umm… Well, no. Let’s see what happens if I eat below mentioned food or drink on empty stomach.

Apple:

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Even though apple is famous to keep the doctor away due to its rich nutrients, it should not be consumed on empty stomach. Reason being – apple has monosaccharides. This can be easily absorbed when eaten on empty stomach. Thus resulting in blood sugar level fluctuation.

Water:

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This is the best one to consume when you wake up. Water acts as a alarm for your internal organs. It wakes them up and makes them ready for their day work.

Tomato:

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I love eating raw tomatoes. The other day when I was eating tomato early in the morning as a part of my ‘healthy start’ of the day, my roommate told me it is not at all healthy. As she works in a health care company, she has good knowledge about these things. She then said, tomato has pectin and tannin in them. Which may have chemical reactions with acid and facilitate the formation of insoluble substance in the stomach. Ooopss…!!

Banana:

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If banana is consumed on empty stomach, it will upset the stomach. Especially those with gastrointestinal diseases should avoid eating bananas on empty stomach.

Tea/Coffee:

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Drinking theses hot beverages on empty stomach results in acidity. It might also cause vomiting.

You can check the health damage you cause by drinking green tea on empty stomach here.

Papaya:

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Good News…!!! Eating Papaya on empty stomach helps in losing weight.

Oatmeal Water:
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Prepare this weight loss water by blending Oatmeal and water in 1:3 ratio. Have it on empty stomach to fasten the weight loss process.

Almonds:

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This helps in maintaining good health of brain and good body weight.

Cinnamon Water:

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This acts like insulin. It reduces blood sugar level and regulates fat stores.

Eggs:

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Ideal Protein breakfast. It keeps you full thus regulates calorie intake through out the day. But make sure you don’t eat more than 2 egg yolks per day. As it increases the cholesterol level.

 

Spicy food:

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This irritates gastric linings of stomach thus resulting in gastritis.

Citrus Fruits:

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They are full of fruit acids. They end up causing acidity and in some case gastric ulcers.

Green Veggies:

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They are great for health. But if consumed on empty stomach, the fibre and amino acids present in them may harm the stomach lining. This leads to abdominal pain and flatulence.

Sweets or Desserts:

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You might be thinking who does that??? Desserts on empty stomach… Well, I do… haha. I can have dessert anytime. Like forget about late night, even if my stomach is full and about to burst, I know I have that small space where I can accommodate dessert.

But, eating desserts on empty stomach is not a sweet thing to do. Because they load the body with sugar, thus increasing pressure on pancreas and the liver.

Soft Drinks:

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Highly acidic in nature, when they mix with stomach acids, they cause nausea and gas This may also result in cramp and body pain.
So the next time when you have the important meal of the day – breakfast, you know what to avoid and what not to… 🙂

It’s About Aroma Therapy

Aroma Therapy…!!!

Ah the name it self sounds so relaxing… Imagine a soothing, calming, aromatic long bath. With candles around and a soft music. Ahhh all the stress of the day will be out of your sight. Bliss…

Let us know some interesting things about this stress buster more… What’s say??? Read on…

What is Aroma Therapy???

As the name suggests it is a type of therapy, which is done to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

Aroma therapy is majorly about aroma massage or bath. Interestingly it is not restricted to only to a bath, massage or candles. The aroma therapy is used in cosmetic industries as well as in food industries. Yes. Some of the natural oils or the aromatic substance they use in order to give that good feeling when you apply cosmetic or open packet of food, yes that is also a part of this therapy. No wonder they lift our moods…. 😉

What are the ingredients used???

Natural oils are the major part of this therapy. The oils extracted from flowers, fruits, barks, stems, leaves etc. are used.

Why You Should Opt for This???

  • The aroma is said to stimulate brain function. Thus boosts memory power.
  • The aroma is so soothing, it lifts your mood up. Thus bye bye depression.
  • The oils used for bath get absorbed by skin. Thus they enter the blood streams and heal the whole body pain.
  • It also calms nerves and blood pressure.

  • If you are insomniac, aroma therapy is for you.
  • Cure for headache.
  • Helps in speeds up healing process.
  • Strengthens Immune system.
  • Improves digestion process.
  • Heals back pain.
  • PMS problems??? Book an appoint for an aroma therapy.

What are the things you should consider before getting an aroma therapy session???

  • The oils used are concentrated. It might not be good for those who are allergenic to it. Consultation is must while you choose the oils.
  • People with respiratory issues must be cautious. The aroma might worsen your health condition.
  • Pregnant woman should stay away from the therapy. As this therapy might result in uterine contraction.
  • Do not go with full stomach for the therapy.
  • If you have skin wounds or allergies you should not opt for this.

What are the things you should ask the therapist???

  • Make sure the therapist is well experienced,, as the choosing of oil for a particular patient requires some knowledge.
  • First and foremost, you should let the therapist know your medical history if any. Thus they will choose the right oil for you.
  • They blend different oils or they use aromatic cream. Ask about the ingredients. it will be useful for your next session. You can even try this at home if you get all your queries get resolved.

I hope this quick post will help you out to get a relaxing bath the next time you are exhausted with your daily stuffs… 😉

Advantages and Disadvantages of Green Tea

Hello,

One of my intentions of this year being the healthier and fitter version myself, I have started with some of good healthy habits. One among them is drinking green tea…!!! Yes. weight loss or fitness discussion is incomplete without mentioning this magical drink called green tea. I have seen and heard people consuming this tea without knowing what actually it does to our body. How it actually works… Everybody knows that green tea is healthiest drink for body. But, what not everybody knows that drinking green tea has disadvantages also…!!!

I have gathered some information from people who have been consuming this ‘healthy’ drink since good long time and from other resources. Let me share you the information I got about Green tea.

Green tea’s origin:

Green tea is mostly popular in eastern countries like Japan, Thailand, India etc.

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From where green tea is extracted:

Different types of tea powder are prepared from Camellia sinensis plant. The dried leaves and leaf buds are powdered to prepare tea powder. Different types of tea powder preparation involves different processioning methods. Well, our topic of the day – green tea, is prepared by steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them.

What it contains???

Green tea contains two to four percent of caffeine. Also contains antioxidants.

How to prepare green tea???

There are many brands out there who offer a lot many flavored and unflavored green tea powders and tea bags. Just the way you prepare regular tea, instead of regular tea powder you will have to add green tea powder to milk. But if you are aiming for weight loss, do skip milk and sugar. Just hot water and green tea powder should be enough. If you didn’t like the taste, you can add natural sweetener like honey. Skip sugar my dear honey.

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How  does it tastes???

I have started using Lipton green tea – Tulsi flavor. You just have to dip green tea bag in a cup of hot water for few minutes and close your eyes and drink. Closing your eyes is optional. haha. But, honestly it doesn’t tastes good but health comes before taste you know…!!!

How to consume green tea rightly???

This is something really important in order to get most out of this healthy drink.

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  • Maximum quantity of green tea per day is 1200 ml, i.e. not more than 5 cups.
  • Green tea should not be consumed on empty stomach as it might cause liver toxicity.
  • If you have any medical history or pregnant, consultation about preferred quantity is must.
  • Never sip it in night unless you work as a watchman who is expected to be awake the whole night. You know what I mean.
  • Do not consume right after your meal. At least two hours of difference should be there between meal and green tea consumption. Because green tea doesn’t let your body consume the iron and other beneficial contents from the meal.
  • Consume loads of water on consuming green tea. You will find out why in the disadvantage section below.

Advantages of Drinking green tea:

These are the advantages you will get if you consume green tea rightly.

  • Improves mental alertness.
  • It increases urine output. Thus helps in getting rid of toxins from the body. Detoxification is so important in order to keep body healthy. You can check this post about how to detox body in different ways. 
  • Weight loss
  • Good for skin
  • Stomach disorders
  • Good home remedy for vomiting, diarrhea, headache and bone loss
  • It has been proved that it has anti cancer property. Helps in preventing different types of cancer.
  • Helpful to keep your heart safe from diseases(not from other hear breaks though). Like, blood pressure, blood vessels issues etc.

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  • Good for diabetic patients.
  • Parkinson’s disease can also be prevented.
  • Dental cavities and kidney stones can be avoided by drinking green tea.
  • Cures depression
  • Remedy for inflammatory bowel disease
  • It prevents inflammation and swelling
  • Protects cartilage between the bones
  • Lessens joint degeneration

Advantages of Applying Green Tea:

  • You can also apply green tea on your face to soothe skin.
  • It also controls the damage done by exposure to sun.
  • Puffiness under eyes??? Place a wet green tea bag under your eyes. Puffiness will disappear in some time.

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  • You can also add green tea to the water tub while you are getting pedicure. Along with soothing foot it can also cure athlete’s feet.
  • Green tea can also be applied on gums to stop the bleeding when tooth extraction is done.

Disadvantages of  Drinking Green tea:

Green tea is not as easy as you think it is. It should be consumed rightly in right quantity. Else it will more bad than good to you. If you consume the tea in access quantity all of a sudden, you are inviting more trouble. Here are lesser known facts about it.

  • As I said green tea do contains caffeine. This is not a good content for those individual who have anxiety problems or for those ladies who are pregnant. Hence quantity to consumed should be decided after a consultation from a doctor.
  • If you exceed the limit of green tea intake per day, you will end up upsetting your stomach plus it might also cause nausea.
  • You know, green tea dehydrates your body??? Yes. You will have to drink more and more water if you consume green tea in order to balance the water content in the body.
  • It can increase anemia.
  • If you have glaucoma, green tea does increases pressure inside eyes. Thus worsening the condition.
  • Green tea may prohibit calcium from being absorbed into the bones thus resulting in osteoporosis.
  • Green tea can decrease the ability of your body to absorb iron content. Thus iron deficiency…!!
  • Might cause insomnia.
  • Caffeine can be more hazardous. It might end up irregular heart beats.
  • Green tea causes oxidative stress. Which might result in vomiting.
  • Excessive caffeine consumption has also been linked to muscle spasms and twitching.

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  • Caffeine has also been linked to restless leg syndrome.
  • Green tea is acidic. It might you suffer from heartburn.
  • A study was conducted where green tea extract was found to significantly accelerate the onset of convulsions.
  • Caffeine in green tea can increase the risk of bleeding. Hence those who have bleeding disorders, stay away from green tea.
  • Green tea quite confusing I must say. There are studies which contradict each other, One study says green tea decreases diabetes and headaches. Whereas the other study says it increases them.
  • If green tea is consumed in higher quantity, it will damage liver.
  • The commonest skin allergies associated with green tea consumption are eczema and hives.
  • Green tea higher consumption results in kidney disorder.
  • Thyroid problems might also be caused.
  • One study states that consuming green tea too often can lower fertility.
  • Green tea does improve oral health but it also stains your teeth. Ooops…!!!

So, these are the points I wanted to share with you my dear reader.

I know disadvantage list is longer than the advantage list. But, green tea is not harmful at all if it is consumed in moderation. Right quantity, right way will achieve the best.

Now you know all about green tea. Please spread the world about this because I know more people who blindly consume green tea in order to lose weight faster. But unfortunately they don’t know that they are harming their body. Do help your friends and loved ones in their fitness and healthy journey by sharing these tips.

Have a healthy week ahead…!!!

Eat These Super Foods to Reduce Fat

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I have announced mygirlypedia’s first ever giveaway…!!! Do check Instagram page for more updates and do Participate to win a girly hamper…

So, what’s every gals’ dream??? Not every gal dreams of meeting prince charm… not everyone wish to shop till they drop.. But every gal dreams of eating without getting fat…!!! Don’t you agree???

We do so many things to stay in shape. Because the world is getting freakily fitness conscious. Which makes us conscious about our curves. Due to this we have to think before we eat. When we see delicious food we do think – “I wish I could get in shape by just eating…!!!” Sounds so easy. You don’t have to workout or do any crash diet…!!!

Well, I have a good news for you in that case. Here is the list of solid and liquid food which you can eat and drink in order to stay fit. Excited to know what are those magical food items??? Check it out –

Water:

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You know all the health benefits of water from this post. About weight loss, alll you have to do is drink water whenever you feel hungry. Yes. That’s because sometimes even if we are not hungry we do feel hungry. That’s not a real hunger – you know what I mean. In that case fill your stomach with water. You will feel full and even if you get food, you won’t be able to eat more. Haa…!!

Black Beans:

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Our body needs Protein. Black beans is one of those protein sources, which has no saturated fat. It provides onlyyy Protein. #HappyTears

Kidney Beans:

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Because they resemble human kidneys, they are called so. Along with protein, this type of beans provides fibers and resistant starch as well.

Oats:

Oats
You must have heard about this super food. Even the well known Maggie brand has come up with ‘Oats Maggie’. But the different tasty versions of Oats which we get in the market are not that effective. In order to get most of the benefits, will have to opt for bland Oats.
Oats contain fibers. By eating which, you will feel full for longer time. It also has healthy carbs which boosts the metabolic rate, thus fights against body fat.

Milk:

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Apart from improving the bone health, the Calcium in th milk helps in burning fat. A research was also been conducted to prove this. Where two people were provided with low fat, Portion controlled diet. But one among them was also provided with non fat milk four times a day. The result was – the one who drank milk lost more weight than the other one…!!!

You know spoiled milk can also be used for beauty and health treatment???

Avocados:

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This is one of my favorite fruits. This is tasteless. But, my mom makes a tasty milkshake. You just have to get the pulp of Avocado and mix milk and sugar. It tastes sooo yummy…!!!
You must have heard that the Avocado adds fats to your body. Well, yes. But good fat is also essential for body. We don’t want to end up being ‘skinny’. haha. Avocados contain monounsaturated fats which stops the hunger. Plus, it also has protein and fiber in it.

PS: For milkshake preparation, instead of sugar you can use natural sweeteners like honey.

Blueberries:

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I am a huge lover of berries. Be it strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. I just love them.
Talking about Blueberries, this fruit is very helpful in anti aging and skin care. Along with these amazing beauty benefits, it also helps in keeping you full as it contains healthy fiber content as well.

Broccoli:

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A cancer preventing food is also good for preventing you becoming fat. Yes it tastes good and it has fibers in it which helps us to manage our body weight.

Brown Rice:

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This is a replacement for white rice. Even thought brown rice takes more time to get cooked, it’s worth it. It has low calories and helps in improving metabolism. This low energy density food helps in burning fat. Also it lowers the body heat.

Pears:

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This tasty fruit has very limited amount of calories and fibrous.

Wine:

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Wine is made from grapes, which is a great antioxidant. Studies have shown that drinking wine moderately can reduce the belly fats.

 

Almonds:

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You must have heard about eating almond to improve memory power. Well, you have one more reason to have this healthy snacks. Researches have found that almonds help in burning fat faster.

Green tea:

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Weight loss and green tea are like sister words. They go together in any weight related discussion. haha. Green tea is rich in antioxidants. Which help in weight loss and helps in improving skin texture.

Eggs:

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They are super rich Protein resource. Ideal for breakfast. As you will feel full the whole day. If you are worried about cholesterol which egg provides, studies have proved that the egg eaters do not have higher bad cholesterol or lower good cholesterol than bagel eaters.

Dark Chocolates:

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It’s a happy news for all those who love chocolates like I do. Dark chocolates slow down digestion. Thus helps in eating less when you are offered a good meal.
Dark chocolates also burn fat and calories. Thus making you stay fit by enjoy eating them.

Oranges:

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This citrus food is the one with highest fiber content among all fruits. Thus keeping you full and making you eat less through out the day. And, don’t forget the good things it does to your skin by keeping it hydrated and vanishing early signs of aging.

Cheese:

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Yes you read it right…!!! Cheese. But fresh goat cheese. They contain fatty acids that help you feel full and burn fat. The next time you are buying cheese, look for ‘grass-fed’ label on it.

Hot peppers:

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Hot pepper is spicy because of a compound called capsaicin. This compound is responsible for heating up body and thus burns calories. In order to look hot, include some spicy hot peppers in your diet.

Coffee:

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This tasty beverage can help curb your appetite and increase metabolism. It also contains the antioxidant chlorogenic acid (CGA), which increase your body’s use of fat for energy.
You can check more health benefits of coffee here.

Low fat Yogurt:

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Yogurt has a good balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein. It helps to keep your blood sugar steady thus it prevents cravings for food. Yogurt also provides calcium for the body which is needed for women. The proportion of the number of calories to protein content and calcium content in yoghurt makes it favourable as a weight loss food.

Cucumber:

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This contains 97% of water content in it. Thus eating cucumber will keep your body hydrated and stomach full.

Hope this list helps you enjoy shedding those extra pounds just by eating…!!!

Dry Brushing – What??? Why???How???

Winter makes our skin dry and flaky. Isn’t it??? We do take a good care of our face by exfoliating it and by using different products. What about body??? Those dry arms and legs will never let you look good…!!! By taking a little more effort alternate day, we can achieve that perfect glowing skin. When the effort I’m talking about is so easy, I am sure you will include this in your beauty regime for sure.

So, today’s beauty treatment is for the removal of dry skin layer. How??? By exfoliation of course. But, this is a different from all other exfoliation methods. Dry Brushing.

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As it sounds, we are going to use dry brush to brush away dry skin. It has multiple benefits apart from making skin soft. Wanna know in detail??? Read on…!!!

Let me start with right brush selection. After all we need a right weapon to win the war… Just kidding..!!!

Right Brush:

There are multiple types of brushes available in the market which are used for dry brushing. Frankly speaking, different brushes works differently on different individuals. So, what I would personally suggest you is to get the brush from a local drug store instead of purchasing it online. Because you don’t know how soft or hard the bristles are. Thus, you better check it before buying it. Also, most of the online sites do not provide return options on personal care products for obvious reasons.

One more point to check for while choosing a brush is the length of the handle. It should be long enough to reach your back comfortably.

I use this little one for dry brushing. 

You can find something like this brush for dry brushing comfortably.

Once you are done with getting the required stuff, lets know how it is done.

How Dry Brushing is Done ???

It is simple. You got to do this treatment before taking shower or before getting wet. Thus the name ‘dry brushing’. Also make sure you are doing it inside bathroom because when you brush your body, the dry skin flakes do fall on the ground(for extremely dry skin). So, to keep the process clean, carry it in bathroom.

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  • Brush your body with the help of brush gently.
  • Major point to consider is, you need to start brushing your feet first then legs and end it on your chest, towards heart. I will tell you the reason behind it.

What are the Uses of Dry Brushing ???

There are multiple uses of dry brushing your body. To list few :

It Stimulates Lymphatic System –

Lymphatic system is nothing but the system which is responsible for eliminating cellular wastes. Lymphatic tubules which are said to run just below the skin layer should function properly in order to keep our body away from toxic impurities. If they don’t, the accumulation of toxins may cause to some serious health issues. So, when you dry brush, the lymphatic tubules are stimulated. Thus increase their productivity. It is done bottom up manner because, the lymph systems drains in heart. Hence always brush towards chest area.

Exfoliation :

As I have mentioned, the dry flaky layer of skin gets brushed away. Thus leaving skin soft, supple. Glowing skin – Brushing helps in stimulating blood vessels. Thus increases the blood circulation which results in glowing skin.

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Reduces Cellulite –

This is quite common among ladies. Cellulites are nothing but the cottage cheese like dimple on the skin. Usually thighs, stomach, back, around the hips, buttocks and breasts. It has been proved that the regular dry brushing do reduces the cellulite. #HappyDance

Energy Booster –

Many people claim that, dry brushing boost their energy level. You can use this as a stress buster too. Wow stress buster which leaves skin soft, double treat isn’t it???

Cleans the Pores –

If you use soft brush on your face, it is proved to clean the pores perfectly. BUT make sure the bristles are really REALLY SOFT. You do get FACIAL BRUSH in the market.

I use this one from body shop for serving the purpose.

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Now, if you are considering this technique,

here are some of the things you need to take care about –

  • Be gentle. Do not brush the skin roughly, if you do so – you will end up doing more harm than good.
  • Post bath, don’t forget to apply good moisturizer to seal in the moisture.
  • Hygiene is important. Always clean the brush with warm water and soap to keep it germ free.
  • Mainly, do not over brush the skin. Because you don’t want to steal the natural oils of skin. Do you??? I would suggest you to do it on alternative days if your skin is extremely dry. If not, 2-3 times a week should also work for you.
  • Do not use body brush for exfoliating face. Facial skin is very delicate compared to body skin. As I have mentioned above, opt for a facial brush for dry brushing face.
  • Usually dry brushing is done in the morning. Since it has been proved that it increases the energy level, you might end up losing your sleep if you do this exfoliation in the evening.

Voila..!!! Now you know one more exfoliation method…!!!

Hope you find it useful…!!!

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Home Remedies to Keep Elbows and Knees White Naturally…!!!

Hey Beautiful,

What’s up??? Enjoying wintery mornings??? The cold breeze??? I am loving it. It’s my favorite season after all…!!! I am the happiest when winter is around.

I have been writing a lot about winter care and products we need in order to protect skin from cold breeze. Today I am going to write about skin concern which is not seasonal, which is almost same through out the year – dark knees and elbows.

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Haven’t you seen pretty stylish girls with dark and very dry elbows and darker(as compared to their skin tone)knees. Elbows are still get unnoticed. But, when you wear short attire, dark knees are something which everyone notice. With Christmas and New Year around the corner, we gals are excited to shop and flaunt some western outfits. Hence, taking a good care of knees should be in our list to look perfect in this party season.

So, to ease this process I have some home remedies which will nourish and lighten your elbows and knees naturally. Shall we start???

Exfoliate:

As I mention in all most every dry skin care post, exfoliation is the key. By exfoliating dry skin, you can rub off the dry skin layer. This leaves skin soft and smooth.

For exfoliation, you can either opt for some good exfoliator from market, or you can find one in your kitchen. To name a few,

  • Sugar and coconut oil scrub.
  • Coffee, sugar and honey scrub.
  • You can even get a body brush and try dry brushing.

Bleaching Agents:

Applying below natural bleaching agents and washing them after fifteen to twenty minutes is proved to lighten knees and elbows.

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Oils:

You can also try below oils on elbows and knees to achieve desired results.

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Moisturizer:

This is must in order to avoid skin from getting dry. Do not forget to add the moisture by applying a good body lotion twice a day to avoid dry or dark patches.

I hope you try these remedies at home and get the amazing results. 😉

I will share some outfit ideas for this Party season soon…!!!

Between, I have set a poll to listen to your valuable suggestions. Kindly click on the ‘Take A Poll’ link which is on top of this page and participate…!!!

Loads of Love,
Pallavi

Beauty Benefits of Glycerin

Hello,

My favorite month is here December. Love the cold weather and every thing Christmassy(F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Phoebe’s fans will get this…) Have you checked out the snow fall effect in Mygirlypedia pages??? If you are reading this in mobile, switch to desktop mode to feel the snow fall, right now in the page you are reading currently…!!!

Apart from reviewing the best and worst beauty products for this winter, I will also add some home remedies which are tested and proved to be the saviors in winters.

Today’s product is the colorless, odourless and well known product – Glycerin…!!!

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You must have heard or read that the glycerin is the most moisturizing, good for skin etc. etc. I will tell you more detail of this magical product in this post. Read on..!!

Glycerin is a sugar and alcohol mixture. The pure product of this mixture is called as Glycerol and the impure commercial product is glycerin. This is composed of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Glycerin is widely used in beauty, pharmacy, paper industries and food industries. All thanks to its great moisturizing and non toxic properties. Plus, its inexpensive. Available in all drugstores.

Lets see how can we get most out of this magical liquid..!!

  • You know CTM is the key to great skin. Cleansing, Toning and followed by Moisturizing should be your beauty Mantra. The good news is you don’t have to break your head to find the best moisturizing products for CTM routine for your dry skin. One tiny bottle of Glycerin can replace all the products required for CTM. Budget friendly..!!! Isn’t it???
  • Hands are something which people do notice when you greet them. To keep them soft is something necessary. Wanna know how to do it with the help of glycerin??? Find the whole post with loads of tips about hand care here.

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  • Cracked heels..!! They can make your look from wow to ewww… In order to heal the chapped or cracked dry heels, follow the home remedies I have mentioned here which involve pocket friendly ingredients like glycerin.
  • Chapped lips..!!! Definitely doesn’t look good. Since glycerin is non toxic, apply a drop of glycerin on your dry lips to cure it and make it pinkish.
  • Skin tone can be improved by glycerin. Let me tell you how.. Glycerin is a moisturizing product. It also helps in cell maturation. Thus it leaves kin soft, supple and light toned.
  • Also, applying glycerin on face regularly has proven to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles.

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  • If you are tired of trying out different products to lighten skin scars or pimple marks, try out this inexpensive one. This will lighten the marks and scars effectively with regular use.
  • When we get a moisturizing product with no side effects, we should ,make 100% use of it. right??? Replace all your nail cream or nail oils with glycerin. Apply a thin layer of glycerin on your nails post removing nail paints. This will keep them protected from getting dried.
  • As I have mentioned before, it is used in soap industries, as a key ingredient. You can prepare bath soaps or bath salts at home too. You can find the steps to prepare your own customised glycerin bath salts here.
  • This is a good news for oily skinned beauties. Glycerin is said to have oil regulating properties. Hence it is ideal for oily skin.
  • If you add a bit of glycerin to your hair conditioner, your hair will thank you for sure for all the moisture.

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  • Mouth ulcers..!!! They are tiny but terrible.. They are caused due to increase in body heat. Glycerin has cooling properties. Applying glycerin on ulcers has said to cure them.
  • Since it is a non toxic and natural product, you can use it on babies as well.

I have used glycerin long back. I am gonna buy one today..!!! What about you???

 

Health, Skin and Hair Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut – The relationship with this one and us, the south Indians is everlasting one. We use it in food, skin and hair care routines. This fruit (Yes, it is not a nut. Strange huun??) has amazing properties which makes it so useful.

Between, have you ever wondered from where did this name ‘coconut’ came??? The one who reached India while his exploration, Vasco da Gama. Yes, he gave the name coco by seeing the eyes of coconut.( You know what I mean right???) So, when this coco reached England, Britishers added the suffix nut. Thus – Coconut.

I am a huge lover of coconut water and the pulp. They just taste delicious. The water, its so sweet and makes my soul happy. ( The pure South Indian girl inside me is talking…!!!)

If you drink it, you will get multiple health benefits like –

Physical Health –

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  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases digestion.
  • Bye bye to dehydration
  • Prevents Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular system will be improved
  • Reduces Bloating
  • Treats Diarrhea
  • Aids weight loss
  • Has anti tumor properties
  • Boosts immunity

Mental Health –

I am explicitly writing down this section. Because I strongly believe that the mental health is much more important than your physical health. Because every thing depends on what is your mental status is. Trust me if you do not have a stale happy mental status, your society status will never be of any use.

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So, if you feel you are having a bad day(I am not using the word depressed. It is a huge word and this remedy I am gonna say might or might not help.) get a coconut and drink the coconut water. It has proven that it does have properties to fight depression.

PS: One extra tip – while sipping the coconut water, kindly stay away from electronic gadgets. Try to connect with your close ones or with the world around you. You will enjoy the drink more. #smile

Skin Benefits:

It is nothing like you have to drink it get the most out of this. You can also apply coconut water to get below benefits.

  • It is a great moisturizer. ( I hope Dry skinned beauties are listening..!!)
  • If you wash your face using coconut water, it will cure

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  1. black and white heads
  2. pimple scars
  3. dryness
  4. dullness
  5. unevenness
  6. Acne
  7. Sun tan
  8. Skin infections
  9. Signs of aging

Hair Benefits :

When we are talking about skin benefits we do talk about hair care too..!!! Because we love our hair. Isn’t it??? Yes this magical fruit has benefits in hair care regime too. These are the ones, when you apply it on your hair/scalp:

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  • Moisture scalp
  • Adds shine to hair
  • Bye bye hair loss
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Dandruff control
  • Applying coconut water on unmanageable frizzy hair can make it smoother and manageable.

This is all about benefits of Coconut water.

If you want to know the health and beauty benefits of coconut oil, check this post of mine.

So, the next time when you are thirsty and wanna try some carbonated drink, opt for this healthy and tastier one. Your body will thank you.

 

 

Beauty Benefits of Soured Milk

Hey Beautiful,

Today’s post is to make you more beautiful ; that too by using something from your kitchen, you think is useless.

Yes, I am talking about beauty benefits of soured milk….!!! Milk is something which needs to handled in certain way. If there is slight sour thing gets mixed with it or if there is any  increase in temperature, milk gets spoiled. It becomes sour. With sad face, we will have to dump it.

After reading this post, I am sure you won’t dump the soured milk without getting its beauty benefits. Read on to know what actually this spoiled liquid can do to you.

Facial

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Soured milk contains enzymes and probiotics which pasteurized milk does not. These enzymes and probitics make this ideal for beauty usage.

This facial is particularly called as Lactic Acid Facial. You know milk contains lactic acid. It is said to be best to lighten skin tone. Just like curd,  rubbing the face with soured milk will make skin smooth and firm. Also helps in lightening skin tone by removing tan.

Bath

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You can add soured milk to your bath water. If the smell is strong, mix some essential oils. Using soured milk to bath, makes skin smoother and healthier.

Dry Skin

Rubbing or applying soured milk on dry skin helps in healing it by providing moisture.

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Face pack

This face pack is a bliss for those who have extreme dry skin.

Mix a spoon of sour milk, 1 banana and 1 spoon of honey.  Apply this on dry skin for 5-10 minutes. It will add moisture and leaves skin plump and soft.

For Rashes / Infection

Sour milk is proven to be having soothing properties. If applied on infected or irritated skin, will helps in healing it.

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Dipping those dry / cracked feet in a tub full of soured milk and water mixture will add moisture and thus healing the cracks. Making your feet happy.

PS: If the milk is ultra pasteurized, it will stink. Because it doesn’t contains the bacteria and enzymes which are required for the above mentioned uses. Hence do not use it.

So the next time when the milk gets sour, instead of throwing it away make the most out of it. (I mean by making best beauty uses apart from preparing cheese out of it. #wink)

 

Magical Juice to Improve Health and Beauty

Hey,

Are you a fan of bollywood actress Anushka Sharma??? I loved her the most in the movie NH10. Amazing performance.

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Have you observed her skin..??? It’s so flawless. She is with minimal makeup most of the times. She has such an amazing skin that even with minimal or no makeup, she looks amazing.

The other actress who has flawless skin is Tamanna. I love her glowing skin. Shining skin huun.

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You might be thinking the post name says juice and why am talking about actresses. I will tell you why.

I was watching their interviews. One thing was common between them. A juice which they both swear by.

Today I have brought all the ingredients to prepare the juice. I’m gonna start drinking it from tomorrow. So while I’m starting a healthy task, I thought of sharing this tip to my beautiful readers too…!!!

So, ready to know the secret of these beauties???

Ingredients :

Carrots

Beetroots

Potatoes

How to prepare :

Easy breezy. Put them in blender or mix it and blend.

Pour them in your girly mug(optional #haha) and drink. Gluuuppp

Let me tell you the benefits in detail :

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Increase metabolism

Muscle growth

Cancer prevention

Detoxification

Improves bone health

Heals infection and wounds

Strong hair nail

Anti aging benefits

Prevent sun damage

Cures dryness and acne

Benefits of Beetroot :

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Promotes hair growth

Clears blemishes and marks from skin

Hydrates skin

Reduces Inflammation

Combats anemia

Controls diabetes

Improves stamina

Treats dryness of skin

Healthy for liver

Lowers blood pressure

 

Benefits of Potato:

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Relieves Arthritis

Boosts immune system

Lowers cholesterol

Detoxification

Heals ulcers

Cures migraine

Improves blood circulation

Cures kidney disease

Cures constipation

Prevents cancer

 

Do try and get more beautiful version of yourself…!!!

 

Keep shining 💖

Things Why You Should Include Basil Seeds In Your Diet

Hey,

What do you do when you get pimples or mouth ulcers due to increased body heat??? I usually opt for these tiny tear shaped seeds. Yes, I am talking about Sabja seeds(basil seeds/ falooda). These seeds are full of proteins, carbs, essential fats and fiber. Anddd no fat…!!! Consumption of these seeds helps in reducing body heat. Thus helping to cure pimples and ulcers.

Apart from keeping body cool, it has much more good deeds to do when consumed. Read on to know all the health and beauty benefits of Basil seeds.

Avoids bloating and constipation

The falooda seeds are proven to be the stomach cleansers. They cleans the body when consumed thus helping in smooth bowel movement.

Sweet news for Diabetic Patients

Basil seeds help in keeping blood sugar level in check. Thus it has been proved that these seeds are helpful for those who are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

Bye bye acidity

Sabja seeds help in reducing stomach burn. Thus helps in reducing acidity when consumed.

For beautiful skin and hair

Falooda seeds have collagen producing properties. Thus helps in new cell production. This will result in healthy skin. Also, seeds help in strengthening hair from roots.

Used as home remedy for skin infection

Crush dry basil seeds and mix coconut oil. I have heard that applying this mixture on infected skin helps in curing it.

Weight loss

Sabja seeds are rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is fat burner. Also the fibres in the seeds help to keep stomach full thus you can avoid those ’emotional eating or extra eating’. What else do we need… I mean you are eating to lose weight. #Dreamcometrue to most of us. Isn’t it???

How to include Sabja in daily diet???

  1. I prefer drinking this with water.

  2. You can sprinkle some sabja seeds on your food/ desert/ yogurt/ milk/ juice.

Special Note :

  • Avoid consuming Sabja if you are pregnant. It’s said that these seeds reduce the estrogen level. Which will cause complications.
  • If consumed daily or more than required, you might end up getting common cold. It happens with me most of the time. I drink the Sabja seed mixture so much that I end up with running nose,  as it reduces body heat to a very good extent. So moderate quantity is recommended.

So you know next time what you need to do if you face any of the above health and beauty problems. 😉

Stay healthy…. Stay beautiful… 😘

Beauty Benefits of coconut oil 

Hi,

There are perks of being a south Indian. One of them being this multipurpose oil. We use pure coconut oil in our beauty regime and even in cooking. Coconut is something magical. It can do wonders if its used rightly. I have many tips which I got to know from my granny and mommy. I am gonna share those tips today in this post which I am sure will help you with your beauty problems.

Read on to get tip for your beauty query.

Skin:

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  • For that blemish free skin, applying coconut oil is one of the best natural remedies. Coconut oil helps in lightening the blemishes and adds moisture and glow to skin.
  • I don’t think any branded makeup remover can do the job as nicely and harmlessly as coconut oil. It can remove nastiest mascaras and also add moisture while removing makeup. #HappySkin
  • Who doesn’t like that glow makeup look. All you need to do is add few drops of coconut oil in your makeup/foundation. Apply it on face to get that natural glow look. But, if you are already an oily skinned beauty, you don’t have to do this step. Your skin already produces oil so you don’t have to add more oil to that.
  • Are you a dry skin beauty??? Looking for a great moisturizer??? Here you go – get a bottle of pure coconut oil and apply lightly on skin. This will nourish dry skin. But make sure you apply it in morning. Because if you go to bed with oil on your body, you are going to spoil the bedsheets.
  • Scrubbing is also a must for dry skin. Mix sugar and coconut oil to make a moisturizing scrub. While sugar granules wash away the dead skin, coconut oil adds moisture.

Eyes:

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  • Apply a layer of coconut oil under eyes to say bye bye to the dark circles.

 

Lips:

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  • Chapped lips??? Apply coconut oil to heal them.

Nails:

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  • You don’t have to make a hole in your pocket to buy a cuticle oil for those dry nails. All you need is few drops of coconut oil and apply on dry cuticle. #JobDone

Hair:

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  • Coconut is hair’s angel. Most of the south Indians, apply pure coconut oil on their hair before the wash. Post hair wash they do apply coconut oil again. They wash their hair once in two days but trust me this results in thick and strong hair. I know we don’t like that flat, oily hair. But this trick do works like a magic.
  • Dandruff are caused due to dry scalp. Applying coconut oil will add moisture and it has antibacterial properties which will help in scalp nourishment.
  • Can also be used as Deep conditioner. Apply the oil to your hair and leave it over night to provide that super moisture to your hair and scalp.
  • Before shaving body hair, we use soap lather or some chemical creams. Instead, use coconut oil. Apply layer of coconut oil which makes hair smoother and prepares skin. Thus making the shaving easier and it also leaves skin hydrated.

Teeth:

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  • Gargle coconut oil for 5-10 minutes in the morning when you wake up. It pulls out all germs thus making you free from bad breath and leaves your teeth whiter and shinier.

Ear:

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  • You must be wondering what it will do for ears. We have practice of pouring warm coconut oil in our ears once a month. Trust me it feels so good and fresh. It helps in reducing the hearing problems and it helps in cleaning ears.
    I know doctors do not believe this technique. But I believe more in the power of Ayurveda than in modern medical science.

Baby Care:

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  • Whats the best body oil for your little bundle of joy?? Coconut oil…!!! Pure coconut oil can add super moisture to your baby making his/her skin soft and blemish free(Blemish I mean some babies might have rashes or spots due to allergies. This oil can be used for the body massage.). Plus, the aroma. It won’t irritate those delicate tiny nose. Chemical free too. Hence super safe.
  • Expecting moms can apply coconut oil on their bellies to avoid rashes or spots. Even though it can not reduce the stretch marks, it can keep the skin clear from spots and rashes.

I hope your beauty query is solved. If not, do write me your query. Happy to help you.

 

Health and Beauty Benefits of Apple I Bet You Didn’t Know Before

Hey,

You must have heard – “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Have you ever thought of the health benefits of this fruit, which helps in keeping the medicines away???

Apart from being a tasty and affordable fruit, it has many health benefits when consumed.

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Read on to know the beauty and health benefits of this tasty fruit.

Lets start with the detailed nutritional value of apple.

Calories 52
Water 86 %
Protein 0.3 g
Carbs
13.8 g
Sugar
10.4 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Fat
0.2 g
Saturated 0.03 g
Monounsaturated
0.01 g
Polyunsaturated 0.05 g
Omega-3 0.01 g
Omega-6
0.04 g
Trans fat
0

Please note that I have mentioned the tips where we need to apply the apple juice. Rest are the benefits you get when you consume apple.

Health Benefits:

  1. Anti cancer abilities – Protection from cancer causing cells.
  2. Anti cholesterol – Helps body to absorb less cholesterol.
  3. Asthma curing properties
  4. Prevents Alzheimer’s
  5. Immunity booster
  6. Reduces Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  7. Controls Diabetes
  8. Prevents Gallstone formation
  9. Liver detoxification
  10. Cataract prevention

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11. Weight loss
12. Prevents Parkinson’s
13. Cataract Prevention
14. Avert Hemorrhoids
15. Whiter Teeth
16. Prevent Brain Cell Damage
17. Aid Blood Circulation
18. Promote Bone Health
19. Improve Night Vision
20. Reduces Respiratory Troubles

Skin Benefits:

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1. Eating apples result in glowing skin.
2. UV protection
3. Hydrates skin
4. Anti aging benefits
5. It acts as toner if applied on skin.
6. Reduces marks when applied with milk cream.
7. Keeping slice of apple under eyes can reduce dark circles and puffiness.

Hair Benefits:

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1. Prevents hair loss
2. Promotes hair growth.
3. Treats dandruff when you apply apple juice on to your hair post shampoo.

So, these are the benefits of this juicy fruit, which is full of  fibers.

Do include an apple in your diet to get multi benefits. So the next time you are enjoying the apple, you know what it’s doing to you

How to Prepare Kajal or Kohl at Home

Hey,

I had a busy week… I shifted to new place… Busy decorating my home… I will share some home decorating ideas soon on mygirlypedia…

You know I’m passionate about cosmetics and makeup, ummm in short all girly stuff in the world… I at least apply a stroke of Kajal before stepping out of home. Reread at least…

So being an eye makeup lover,I love that smoky look. Most of us do… But I have also seen gals who are allergic to kajal which we get in market. Their eyes get irritated and they are left with teary eyes after applying kajal. So this post is especially for those delicate eyed beauties.

Today, I will share tips to prepare couple of kajal or kohl of your own at home. Sounds interesting… Right??? And guess what, it’s super safe and pocket friendly… Shall we start???

Castor oil Kohl:

Things you need:

Castor oil

Diya

Metal Plate

Two metal boxes

A tiny container to store kohl

How to prepare :

  • Place two metal boxes upside down. These will act as a support for the metal plate.
  • Place metal plate on these boxes as shown below.

  • Fill diya with Castor oil and light the diya and keep it below the plate.
  • As the diya burns, the ash layer gets formed in the plate.

  • Once the diya turns off, carefully take the hot plate.
  • Remove the ash layer and mix a spoon of ghee to form the paste.

  • This is a pure kohl. Store the kohl in a container and use whenever you want to… #wink

Almond khol

Things required :

Almond (of course)

Needle

Matchbox

Metal plate

Two metal boxes

Container to store the kohl.

How to prepare :

  • Like previously mentioned, place metal plate on two metal boxes for support.
  • Pin the needle in the almond.
  • Using matchbox, light the almond.
  • Almond has natural oils in it which helps in burning.
  • Keep in below the metal plate so that ash gets trapped in plate.

  • Once done, collect the ash from plate and mix ghee to prepare kohl.
  • Store it in container to use it whenever required.

Hope you found this useful.

Do prepare it and enjoy safe, irritation free, cooling effect kohl…!!!

💖

Tips to Keep Nails White and Clean

Hey You,

Its almost a Friyay…!!!

Adding one more page to my Nail care book, here is the new post.

You might have checked pictures of my nails in the previous posts on nail paints. I have currently long nails. I am moody when it comes to length of nails. I sometimes tend to cut them and keep it shorter and neater. Some times grow them like a vampire. #haha

But irrespective of the length, one thing I take care is the health of the nails. I make sure they get time to breath and also the hygiene they need. Because brittle / yellow / stained nails look really bad. Don’t you think so??? huun??

Today I am gonna write a short post about my tried and tested nail care tips.

Read on to know how to take care of those beautiful nails of yours.

Toothpaste:

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Yes. I apply toothpaste on my nails. Leave it for 5-10 minutes. Clean it with water. This makes nails whiter and brighter. #tada

Lemon Juice:

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As I have mentioned in the post about beauty benefits of lemon, it is a bleaching agent. Dip nails in lemon juice for 5-10 minutes daily. Till you achieve the goal of making nails nicer.

Baking Soda:

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Just like lemon, this is whitening agent. Apply the paste made of baking soda and water on nails. Wash it after 5-10 minutes.

Hydrogen peroxide:

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This is my favorite for cleaning my nails. Drop few drops of hydrogen peroxide solution on nails. You can see the dirt coming out of your nail #ewww and best part is it cleanses your nail instantly. Make it super clean and shiny.

Base coat:

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Applying a base coat is a must before nail paint. Base coat acts as a protection layer and protects from chemicals which are there in nail paints.

Buff the nails:

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With nail buffer, buff the nails to get instant white nails. I always carry a nail buffer in my purse. For that quick fix. Just to avoid breaking nails. Whenever there is a little crack in the nail, i fix it with nail buffer. I am sure many of you can relate to the pain when ‘ Nail breaks’. More painful than a heart break. #GirlsProblems

White pencil:

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Take a white pencil and paint underneath of each nail. I had bought a pencil from the body shop too. But this didn’t work for me. Give a try for this method and let me know if it works for you.

Good Quality Nail Paints:

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Always apply good quality nail paint ONLY. the cheap ones have harsh chemicals which will do more bad than good to your nails.

Let them Breath:

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I make sure I don’t wear nail paint for 1-2 days at least before applying next nail color. They need some break too right???

So these are my methods to keep nails clean and healthy.

PS: A special note to a special reader of mine. If you find your nails yellow. I would suggest you to consult a doctor. Nails predict a lot about our health. It might be a health issue. So take it seriously…!!!

I hope you find these tips useful.

Have happy nails…!!!!

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DIY Lip Mask

Hey,

I realized that I have been writing and reviewing a lot about lip products. Isn’t it???

Adding to the series, here is a Do It Yourself lip mask. Just like face mask, I’m gonna tell you how to prepare a lip mask which has been tried and tested by me.

It is believed that plump lips are sign of good health and beauty. Most of the people even under go knife to get those perfect plumper lips. But unfortunately, not all the surgical results are positive. Most of them end up getting allergic infections and reactions. All thanks to the fillers used or the surgical procedure.

Good news is, we do have some natural remedies to get healthy lips. Even though the results are not that long lasting, it’s always better to be natural than to take so many risks. Right???

So, let’s start with this easy breezy lip mask. What we need, how to prepare, how to use… Etc…

Ingredients and benefits :

  • Coconut oil

For adding moisture to lips and also for soothing effect.

  • Cinnamon powder


Cinnamon gives tingling effect when applied on lips. This results in blood circulation in lips. Thus making lips plumper. Also, cinnamon helps in lightning lips.

  • Cinnamon oil

This is most concentrated form of cinnamon. If you want mild one, skip this.

  • Peppermint Oil

This is key ingredient in most of the lip products. It gives cooling and soothing effects. Also works best on cracked lips.

How to Prepare :

Simple. Mix one spoon of each ingredient. You can add more coconut oil if you want to. Store the mask and use it whenever you want to.

How to use:

Apply it on lips for few minutes. Either scrub it off or wash with water.

Important Points:

  • Cinnamon does cause tingling effect. This is how mask works. If you can’t tolerate that, wash your lips immediately.
  • Adding cinnamon oil makes the mask more effective and more concentrated which makes more tingling effect. So absolutely up to you to decide whether to add it or no.
  • Don’t forget to apply a good moisturizer post removing mask.
  • The effectiveness depends on individual. For some results might be quick for some it might not. For some it might last longer, for some it won’t.

Do try the mask to get those Kylie Jenner lips. 😉💋

Home Remedies for Cracked Heels

Hey,

One of the most ignored parts of our body is feet. Agreed??? Do observe heals of those well dressed ladies. At least 6 out 10 of them have cracked heels. It looks so odd.

If you don’t want to be one of those, read on.

Reasons for cracked heels:

  • Aging
  • Lack of moisture
  • Improper diet
  • Dehydration
  • Improper foot hygiene

If this is not treated, it might lead to blood loss and worsen foot condition.

Let’s start with cleaning the feet:

  • Dip feet in warm water. You can mix a bit of bath salt or vinegar to the water. This makes skin soft. Thus helps scrubbing easy.
  • You can also add hydrogen peroxide to the water. It removes dirt.

  • Scrub. All you need is a good foot brush with a scrubber. I use the one from the body shop. You can use pumice stone too, for scrubbing away those dead skin from feet.
  • Once you are done scrubbing, wash your feet with warm water and wipe it with clean towel.

Let’s see different foot creams to heal the cracks.

  • This one is tried and tested by my mom. Take half bucket of warm water, mix honey to it. Dip your feet inside this water and relax for next 10-15 minutes. After that, apply a good foot cream, post rubbing off your feet. Honey helps in healing the cracks.
  • We South Indians make most of coconut oil. For foot care, we prepare a cream out of bea’s wax and coconut oil. It’s simple. Melt the wax and mix oil to it. You can keep this mixture inside refrigerator. Apply the cream on cleaned feet, before hitting bed everyday.

  • You can apply coconut oil (or any moisturizing oil) and turmeric mixture on cracked heels. Turmeric has antiseptic properties and coconut oil is a healer.
  • Ghee- Apply ghee to say bye bye to cracked heels. Ghee helps in adding moisture.

P.S. You can wear socks after applying creams. This will seal the moisture. And protects from ruining the bed.

  • Apply lemon juice to heels. This helps in cleaning and helps in recovery. But, applying this on cracked heels do results in tingling or burning sensation.

  • Glycerin. One of the best moisturizer. Apply glycerin on heels. Glycerin is bit sticky. Hence wear socks.
  • Foot cream. If you want the healing much quicker, go for some good foot creams available in the market. Will review some of the foot creams o have used till date.
  • Foot pack: just like face pack, apply a good foot mask or pack to restore moisture. To start with, you can apply Avocado mask. Smash a Avocado and apply it on feet and heels. Wash it after 10-15 minutes.

  • Aloe Vera. How can we not talk about Aloe Vera when it comes to moisture. Apply Aloe Vera on cracked heels. It gives you cooling effect and adds the much needed moisture.


So, these are some of the tried and tested home Remedies.

Do try and share your experience with us… 😇

Have a happy feet…!!!

Home Remedies for Open Pores

Hey beautiful,

Few of my friends were asking me to write a post about open facial pores. So, finally here is the post about and remedies for open pores.

What are open pores???

Skin is made of pores. They help in skin to breath. For most of the ladies,as they age, skin loses its elasticity thus making the pores on face bit huge and visible to n*ked eyes.

When excessive oil and dust get accumulated in these pores, they result in blackheads or pimples. Thus making skin worse.

What causes open pores???

There are multiple reasons, mainly

  • Sun exposure
  • Aging
  • Bad skincare routine
  • Genetic
  • Stress
  • Chemical reaction

How to cure them???

Shrinking the pores is something we need to do to stop this skin problem. Keeping pores clean will make them less visible and avoid further issues.

Let’s check what we can do to say bye bye to nasty pores.

  • Ice


Remember, I had mentioned ice as primer in few of my posts?? Yes, ice gives skin tightening effect and helps in closing pores. You just have to press ice on face or wash face with ice cold water.

  • Egg Whites


When it comes to skin tightening, we can’t miss egg whites. Yes, applying egg whites helps in skin tightening and closing opened pores too.

  • Scrub


Scrubbing is must to maintain good healthy skin. It not only removes dead skin, but also removes impurities from pores.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Use diluted apple Cider vinegar to clean your face. This solution has antibacterial qualities. Thus cleaning, closing pores and maintaining PH balance of skin.

  • Baking Soda


This is an all rounder. This exfoliates, it’s anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties clean the pores and helps in reducing them. Apply a thin layer of baking soda and water paste on face. Leave it for few minutes before washing it away, to get desired results.

  • Lemon


Apply lemon juice on face. If you have dry skin, it does give you tingling effects. Lemon juice is good bleach, cleanses pores and fades pimple scars.

  • Aloe Vera


Applying fresh aloe Vera gel over face, helps in shrinking pores. Moisturizing property of it, helps skin.

  • Fuller Earth


Fuller earth or multani mitti. This along with adding glow, drying pimples, also absorbs all oil and leaves skin pores clean.

I hope you find this post useful if you are combating this skin issue.

Keep shining… 💋

How to Get Thicker Eyelashes and Eyebrows

Hey,

In old mythological books to modern songs, eyes of a woman is something which has been admired beautifully. After all eyes are window to your soul. Right???

To make your eyes do the talking, lets get to know some more beauty tips today.

When it comes to defining your eyes, Eyelashes and Eyebrows have great role to play. In fact shape of your eyebrows can define or ruin the way you look.

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Thick eyebrows are believed to be a sign of youth. Most of us like thin eyebrows (at least in my friends circle, most of them love thin eyebrows) but I love to keep my eyebrows as thick as possible. In order to achieve beautiful thick lashes and eyebrows, I have some quick tips for you.

Read on…

Castor oil

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This oil is the super hero for hair. Applying a thin layer of castor oil on eyebrows and eyelashes every night will help them grow thick.

Petroleum Jelly 

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Applying petroleum jelly over eyebrows not only helps in keeping them in place all day, but also helps in their growth.

You can find more uses of Petroleum Jelly here. 

Olive oil 

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One of the light and soothing oil. It boosts the growth of eyelashes and eyebrows.

Aloe vera gel

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Apply a layer of Aloe vera gel on eyelashes and eyebrows every night to get that beautiful eyebrows and eyelashes.

Onion juice 

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It’s one of the best remedies for hair growth. But, I don’t prefer to apply and keep it over night as it stinks and makes pillow case stinky. You can apply this during day time when you are at home doing nothing.

So these are some of the tried and tested remedies for achieving that thick luscious eyebrows and eyelashes look.